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What kills most innovation isn’t a lack of ideas, it’s a lack of relationships

Do we still need old-fashioned physical offices to do work? Contrary to reports that the demise of the office is near, I believe we still need physical offices; and more importantly physical interactions. I believe that the model that will be … [Read more]

The true innovator’s motto: We’ll figure it out…

It is very common that innovation efforts are squandered because the people involved, frankly, should not be there in the first place. Of the projects you've been a part of, how many had people that were willing to roll with the punches and figure … [Read more]

Innovators widen their view of competition

I'm sure you've been in meetings where everyone worries about competition more than they worry about customers. It is a fact that for traditionally run businesses, any talk about strategy quickly shifts to competition. It's unavoidable and it pisses … [Read more]

5 questions to help you think about the culture you wish to create

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Why? Because even a beautifully conceived strategy won't be executed the right way if people's values and beliefs are not aligned. In other words, culture is not mandated; it is shaped from the beginning. … [Read more]

Innovators are the early adapters

For as long as I can remember, I've adopted new products and services when they are just starting out. It's very common that I get requests to "try this and that" for startups looking for early adopters and beta testers. As such, my main objective in … [Read more]

To change the game, change the business model

Yesterday, I was a judge for a showcase of projects from marketing students of a local university. Most of the projects that were pitched are apps that exist elsewhere in some form; nothing game-changing. There were many common innovation myths that … [Read more]

People pay to get wet

Make a splash in the short-term or play for the future? In business, there is a constant tension between playing to win right now and making bets to be relevant in the future. Most focus only on the former, while innovators do both; at the same time. … [Read more]